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Utah Stops on the Way

Follow Your Trail in Park City, Utah

From mountain biking to al fresco dining to arts and culture, Park City, Utah, has a trail for everyone.

In Park City there’s a trail for everyone, and there’s no better time to hit them than summer.

Things to Do in Park City

If you’re an outdoor enthusiast head to Cole Sport, a one-stop shop for local advice, gear and rentals. Then, hit the city’s 400-plus miles of trails on bike or on foot to get a taste of this mountain town. The 4.7-mile Silver Lake Trail is a hiker-only destination ending in gorgeous valley views and the nearby, moderate Flagstaff Loop offers the same views atop a mountain bike.

If you have kids, point yourself toward Park City Mountain Resort, a world-class ski destination in winter, headquarters of family fun in summer. With an alpine slide, zipline and mountain coaster, your little ones will be all smiles at the end of the day. Deer Valley Resort also offers world-class summer mountain biking experiences. Don’t forget to check out Woodward Action Sports Park, which teaches everything from BMX biking to snowboarding in a safe environment, including foam pits.

Aerial Show at Utah Olympic Park on most Saturdays in the summer in Park City
Aerial Show at Utah Olympic Park on most Saturdays in the summer (Photo: Visit Park City)

Or, experience what it’s like to be an Olympian at the 400-acre Utah Olympic Park just outside of Park City. Home to a number of events during the 2002 Winter Olympics, the center has two free museums, adventure courses and the bobsled ride, which sends you 65 miles per hour (on wheels in the summer) down the Olympic luge, bobsled and skeleton course. Watch for winter freestyle athletes launching off ski jumps and landing in the center’s pools.

Ride a bobsled at Utah Olympic Park in Park City, Utah
Ride a bobsled at Utah Olympic Park in Park City, Utah (Photo: by Gene Sweeney Jr. courtesy of Olympic Legacy)

Trade Dirt Paths for City Sidewalks

You don’t have to leave the trails just because the sun goes down. Trade dirt paths for city sidewalks as you head to Main Street for al fresco dining. This picturesque street includes a dozen outdoor, curbside dining decks, allowing you to take in the beauty of the Utah mountains while enjoying dinner.

“It feels like you’ve been transported to another era,” says Dan Howard, Park City’s director of communications, of the 47 historic buildings set against the stunning mountain backdrop.

Deck dining on Park City, Utah's Historic Main Street
Deck dining on Park City, Utah’s Historic Main Street (Photo: Visit Park City)

Get off the beaten trail for outdoor dining on Kearns Boulevard, home of the stunning Kimball Arts Center. After perusing the Kimball’s gallery featuring local and global artists, grab a drink at The Boneyard, which has an amazing rooftop patio. When you’re ready for dinner, Tupelo is one of Park City’s favorite restaurants. Featuring regional ingredients like Idaho trout and locally raised pork, the menu is full of mouthwatering dishes with global influences.

Park City Events

Park City is home to many world-renowned events. The Utah Symphony will headline the Deer Valley Music Festival with guest artists performing an eight-week schedule at the outdoor Snow Park Amphitheatre where you can get incredible views while taking in live music. On June 24, 2023, Savor the Summit will take over Main Street with a three-block-long table featuring many local restaurants. Make sure to buy your tickets early. Most Sundays throughout the summer you’ll find the Park Silly Sunday Market which features local food and crafts. The Kimball Arts Festival takes over Main Street the first weekend of August.

Savor the Summit event in Park City
Savor the Summit (Photo: Visit Park City)

Explore Beyond

Park City is just one gem in a surrounding area waiting to be explored. Get off the beaten trail and explore the Union Pacific Trail State Park, beginning in Park City and extending 25 beautiful miles. Local rivers are home to blue-ribbon fly-fishing and a truly adventurous day isn’t complete without a pilgrimage to High West Distillery in Wanship. This local joint isn’t something you’d just stumble upon without knowing it was there. The second you walk in the doors, you’ll get a sense of Utah’s prohibition-era history. With a great patio, live music and distillery tours, it’s a great place to spend part of your day. Brunch is a local favorite with delicious cocktails and a menu shaped by the distillery’s signature whiskeys. Think French Toast with whiskey syrup.

Recreate Responsibly in Park City

Park City is committed to sustainability and encourages visitors to join in recreating more responsibly. The town has set an goal to reach net-zero carbon emissions and zero waste by 2030. When you visit, opt to use the town’s bike-friendly transit system and leave your car in the parking lot. It’s easy to access restaurants, trails and more. Looking for a sustainable option for happy hour? Alpine Distilling won the Utah Green Business Award in 2021 for its waste diversion, water management and sustainable sourcing practices and its small-batch bourbon and gin can’t be beat.

Where to Stay in Park City

Summer and fall are the times to stay in the town’s stunning, high-quality hotels at a fraction of the price of a winter stay. Basecamp just minutes from the Utah Olympic Park at the new AC by Marriott that’s near Whole Foods and Park City Outlets stores. For mountain-side access, head to YotelPad where some rooms have views of the chairlifts. For a taste of luxury, indulge yourself at the five-star Stein Eriksen Lodge, the Chateaux or Stein Residences. Sunday Brunch at the on-site Glitretind Restaurant is considered a favorite of locals and visitors alike.

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